Restauranteur Gary Rack has a knack for bringing vibrant eateries with delicious cuisine to cities which didn’t know how a lot they needed such a place until his arrival. Rack’s Fish House and Oyster Bar is on a bustling corner in downtown Delray Beach, Florida and serves up a New England-meets-New Orleans menu. The modern restaurant was made by Karen Hanlon Style and evokes an easygoing, however upscale ambiance which spills out onto the sidewalk for a see-and-be-observed encounter.
Whilst nearly all of the restaurants in Delray feature an outside dining terrace, Rack’s takes it to the next level with vibrant red upholstered leather booths which provide considerably much more comfy seating than the requisite cafe-variety tables. This dining zone sits underneath the large neon sign designating the restaurant and features vintage-sort dome metal sconces for lighting.
The adjacent indoor-outdoor bar is a signature for Gary Rack and very welcomed in South Florida. Welcoming and spacious, the rectangular bar is trimmed with an upper shelf featuring tin-paneling and back-lighting which showcases the a variety of bottles. The bar itself is adorned with square leather stools in a tawny-orange leather and features wood-clad walls and flat-screen televisions. A massive maritime-themed mural sits off to the side, a really engaging piece of art.
Known for its wonderful daily content hour–even on weekends!–Rack’s gives “Buck-a-Shuck” one-dollar oysters and Wine Down Mondays where each and every bottle of wine is half-price tag. Of course, if a single misses these almost as well-excellent-to-be-true specials, it’s nonetheless worth the trip to experience the complete menu. Wood Grilled Octopus, Creole Style Calamari and Shells and Cheese (with crab, bacon and jalepenos) are some of the mouth-watering appetizers. Entrees consist of Shrimp & Grits, Barbecue Oyster Po’Boy and Seared Scallop and Pork Belly. But wait…..there’s more!
The Raw Bar is itself a culinary masterpiece with plentiful oysters, clams, shrimp, crab, lobster and mussels. Steam kettles supply oyster and seafood stews which are out of this world. An intimate curved bar with elegant black riveted leather stools sits in this corner which is subsequent to the exhibition kitchen.
A relaxed ambiance, it is almost as enticing as the meals. White woven nautical ropes comprise the ceiling, although rough white brick walls contribute to the fresh appeal. Wood paneled ceilings are rich, while huge industrial-kind windows line the rear and face a bamboo garden. Metal wire baskets every with a trio of Edison bulbs are the pendants over the back booths. Tabletops consist of thick wood slabs, which add a rustic vibe.
Rack’s Fish Property and Oyster Bar is just another of Gary’s gems waiting to be enjoyed.